Yantis High School placed seventh overall out of the 100 teams competing at the Region III 1A UIL Academic Meet held at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches over the weekend. Four teams and six students were recognized for their accomplishments. A few students pulled double-duty, competing in more than one event, and one student once again was a standout, earning honors in several categories.
“Our students just do a great job at regionals year after year. YHS has sent students to the state academic meet for 11 consecutive years,” noted YHS UIL coordinator Chip Mathews.
The YHS math team consisting of Cory Ward, Andrew Moore, Traci Glenn and Zach Thrasher was the highest scoring second place team at the regional meet, which ensures they will advance to the State Academic UIL Meet in Austin as a wild card team. Individually, Ward placed fourth and Moore sixth in math.
“I am so excited. This is the first time I’ve taken a team to the state meet. I’ve been floating on air since Saturday,” said mathematics coach Becky Barnes.
Ward, Glenn and Moore were also on the third-place science team, which also included Chandler Apel. The team earned the fourth highest score in 1A on the regional test. Ward was lauded for placing first overall in science, as well as first in physics and second in biology. Ward earned the state physics champ title last year, and will try for an overall science win this year.
“It’s fantastic that Cory has a chance to win the gold medal in science. Last year, he won the State Championship in Physics so to win the overall Science contest would be a great accomplishment,” said Michael Alphin, science coach. “Cory has been offered a full scholarship to MIT, one of the preeminent universities in the country. He will begin his studies there this fall.”
The number sense team consisting of Wade Phillips, Kevan Mullins, Alyssa Bussel and Cody Hagan was also recognized for placing third overall as was the spelling and vocabulary team consisting of Ervin Sanchez, Allen Rose and Teresa Garcia. The spelling team was noted to have achieved the seventh highest score in 1A districts on the regional tests. Individually Phillips was noted for his individual fifth place finish in number sense and Sanchez for fourth in spelling and vocabulary competition.
Amanda McKinney and Shelby Allen once again placed at the regional meet in feature writing, Allen earned fourth and McKinney sixth overall.
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